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AT&T/iPad Hacker Arrested on Drug Charges

Over the last week or so a breach of AT&T's network has garnered quite a bit of attention. A group called Goatse Security last week revealed that they had discovered a vulnerability in AT&T's website which they had successfully exploited to harvest more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad 3G owners, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Goatse Security disclosed the vulnerability to third parties and AT&T was informed. The wireless carrier stitched up the hole but Goatse said at the time that it was unsure who could have taken advantage of the exploit before AT&T fixed things up. An FBI investigation was launched and AT&T later released an apology labeling the hackers who discovered the exploit malicious. Goatse Security was furious at the slight against them and retorted with a blog post that said they had disclosed the vulnerability because they wanted it to be fixed before the wrong people decided to take advantage of AT&T's poor security.

CNet reports that 24-year-old Andrew Auernheimer, aka "Escher" and "Weev," was arrested following the execution of an FBI search warrant of his home in Arkansas on Tuesday. Authorities say drugs were found during the execution of the warrant but declined to comment on the reason for the warrant. Auernheimer faces four felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor possession charge. CNet cites Lt. Anthony Foster who says the drugs found at Mr. Auernheimer's home include cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and schedule 2 and 3 pharmaceuticals.

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